Basic Resume formats

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The Basic Resume Types

Before starting to create a resume it’s important that you know that there are different formats to them and therefore different options for you to use depending on the job you’re applying to.

There are basically three resume formats: chronological, functional and a combination of them both. Their main difference is the way the information is organized, however, if they are well written and presented, they will still cause a great and positive impression, fulfilling their main goal.

3 Types of Resumes

  • Chronological Resume: In this format the information is organized based on the time events occurred (jobs, achievements, etc.). Usually starting with the older events and ending with the new ones in the same order. It can be done in a reverse order if it seems more useful.
  • Functional Resume: Here the information is arranged by topics. It’s very effective to find information about the applicant’s experiences and skills fast. An advantage of this format is that important qualities can be highlighted and unimportant details don’t have to be emphasized.
  • Combination Resume: As the name suggests, the combination format is a mixture between both chronological and functional information. It starts with the functional format by distributing the data in professional topics, and then moves to arranging the data chronologically.
Basic Resume format
Basic Resume format

All of these formats can be used to show your work history in a unique way. You must take your resume and guide it to a point where all the information is emphasized specifically to fit the expectations of the position and employer. If your goal is to be a sells agent, your resume has to be attractive to someone who’s requesting a sells agent; highlighting all of the qualities that you have and that the recruiter is looking for in each particular case.

As we all know, the job market is getting more competitive by the minute. For this reason it’s necessary that you look for a specific job in a specific industry and then guide your resume according to it, by:

  • Choosing an appropriate resume format
  • Choosing correctly the order in which the categories will be presented
  • Deciding what to put first in order of relevance

Different aspects of your work life will be emphasized on your resume depending on what format you choose. In the functional resume, you’ll find that your qualities and achievements will stand out more than your past positions and employers; this is great for some with many abilities and not so much work experience.

The format can also highlight someone’s professional qualifications. For example, in a chronological resume, education can be listed before experience, or vice versa (if the experience is higher than the education). The document’s structure can be modified, but it’s necessary that it remains organized in order for the information to be clear.

In the case of the combination resume, qualities can be arranged to make the document more attractive to a specific company. They can list the abilities that relate to the job first, that way when the recruiter reads the resume, he’ll easily find all the skills that matter for the job. Depending what the position’s requirements are, the information can be modified within the resume.

The main purpose of adjusting the resume is to make an impact in the employer. Remember to emphasize your best qualifications and minimize the not so good ones. Take advantage of each one of the resume types and use them in your favor; you can choose one that relates to the company’s needs or one that highlights your strengths and skills for the job you want to get.

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